National Poetry Writing Month Prompts

Dear poets, what are you writing this month? Are you hoping for a portfolio of free verse? An entire diary of haiku? What about sonnets, couplets, and limericks? Which ever kind of poetry you are hoping to write during National Poetry Writing Month, I hope it is a fun and creative 30 days that is devoted to your heart, pen, and paper.

The National Poetry Writing Month website is a perfect place to begin your writing process through a list of prompts to inspire. You can find the amazing list here:

If you are looking for some extra prompts, then you have come to the right place.

Here is a list of poetry prompts for each day of April. Of course, these prompts never expire and will suit you well during any month of the year!

April 1st: Write a poem from the perspective of ingredients or blueprints. This is the first day of a brand new month and new ambition, so for this prompt, incorporate the initial instructions of a final product, whether it be a meal or house.

April 2nd: Have you ever stretched out beneath the stars and had a conversation with the person beside you? Flip the script with this prompt. Imagine what a conversation between the stars would be. Consider the language the stars would use and what their discussion topics would be. Write the conversation.

April 3rd Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and even avalanches are often described through the sense of hearing. In this prompt, explore the ways to describe one or all of these natural disasters without the sense of sound.

April 4th Pick a certain scene or an event that bustles in energy. Describe the scene, tapping into the textures, sights, smells, etc. Encompass the happenings in as few words and lines as possible. Be descriptive, but insert your reader into the scene as fast as possible. This prompt can help you to explore balance in lengthy detailing.

April 5th Begin today’s poem with the phrase, “I found it in the meadow’s middle.” How will this poem continue? Will the setting switch halfway through? What will be discovered within the field? Is it an object and if so, is it something good or bad? Is this item able to be touched? You get to decide all of the characteristics.

April 6th Use the following set of words in today’s poem. You may use all of the words in any way that you like. The words are: tangerine, custard, midnight, feathers, frostbite.

April 7th Pick the plot of your favorite book and describe the novel’s progression, falls, and triumphs in poetry form. Decide what character will help narrate the poem.

April 8th Dissect the styles that are hanging in your closet. Allow the colors, patterns, and textures to insert themselves in this piece. Describe a t-shirt or pair of sneakers as more than just products. In this prompt, bring the styles to life.

April 9th In free verse style, write a poem about any topic. Include a location, whether it be a state, country, city, address, coordinates, store, restaurant, etc, in each sentence. Make the reader feel as if they are traveling.

April 10th Write about the feelings, emotions, and sights that December brings. Do not focus on too many scenes at once, but select a few and connect them together with textual flow.

April 11th Write about a memory that has a strong connection to a specific smell. Mention the smell in the first few lines before describing the memory and exploring the ways it makes you feel.

April 12th From a penny’s perspective, write a poem as it is tossed into a fountain and wished upon. Does this penny enjoy water or is it scared of such element? Will the penny land heads or tails? Is this the first penny that was thrown into the fountain or the hundredth, thousandth, millionth?

April 13th Find an appealing image and craft a story behind it. Select an image of a person or group of people, a landscape, or an aerial view. Pay attention to the small details in order to create a larger idea. Play with longer lines in this poem.

April 14th Pick a lyric from any song and have that lyric conclude the piece. Consider how the poem will progress in order to have that lyric relate to the broader, deeper meaning.

April 15th Look out your window. What types of trees do you see? Which breeds of birds are flying past? What does the sky look like today? Describe the scene. Write a part two of how it would look at night.

April 16th Write several haikus about an item that is experiencing the stages of life and death. Test out a variety of subjects such as a tree, flower, insect, banana, peach, etc. Try to make the stages of death and decay sound alluring rather than depressing.

April 17th Describe something that has a lot of layers. Create comparisons to the ocean waters.

April 18th Pick a season and write about what that season means to you.

April 19th For this prompt, write a poem that uses the following verbs: leaping, painting, diving, laughing, cooking.

April 20th Write a poem in a fancy, cursive font that takes place in a fancy location, such as a palace or rose garden. Use as many extravagant words as possible.

April 21st Write a poem with a theme of love at first sight.

April 22nd Write about the sound of fingers typing on keys. Ponder how the profession of a person may impact the quickness or swiftness of typing. How would a lawyer’s typing differ from a manicurists? Or, how would a secretary’s typing differ from a metal worker?

April 23rd Think of a person who you would send a birthday card to. Maybe it is a family member or a best friend. Write a poem of what you would write to them inside the card.

April 24th Write a poem from the perspective of a pet. Maybe from the point of view of a goldfish inside a bowl, a dog sprinting through the dog park, from a cat perched on the back of a sofa, or even a rabbit hopping in a fenced yard. Consider what the pet would see, hear, smell, feel, and think.

April 25th Compare the twirly feelings of a merry-go-round with a roller coaster. Compare the pace of the wind, the burst of energy inside your stomach, and the decibel variance you may hear.

April 26th Write about the beauty of a garden. Tap into the many colors, types of plants and flowers, as well as the shapes and forms the greenery grows in. Ponder the atmosphere around the garden, such as the sunshine, raindrops and even the insects and critters that hide within the vines and soil. Imagine the assortment of tools that may have been lost inside the jungle of plants too.

April 27th Go to your local hardware or paint store. Find five paint samples from any color. Let those five samples and the name of the colors control your piece. Have one sample be the title, the second inspire the setting, the third influence the theme, and the fourth and fifth be of objects discussed in the poem. You can make the piece as colorful as you’d like.

April 28th Write an acrostic poem with the word lemon.

April 29th Pick a favorite famous poem and write your own version of that poem. Use some similar lines of the popular piece or create something entirely original. Use the first line or the last, it is totally up to you!

April 30th Congratulations! You made it to the final day and final prompt of National Poetry Writing Month. For the final prompt, make it extra sweet! Describe the taste of any ice cream flavor. Focus on which ingredients offer the most burst of flavor and the textures that come with it. Consider how temperature of the ice cream can be described, without using the words cold, chilly, icy, frozen, etc.

Happy National Poetry Writing Month!

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